Big Canadian oil joins relief efforts

July 15, 2013 at 7:02 AM

CALGARY, Alberta, July 15 (UPI) -- Canadian energy company Suncor said it was initiating a flood-relief program in response to a June disaster in Alberta province.

Canadian energy company Enbridge last week re-opened parts of its Alberta oil pipeline network following a 100-year flood event in Alberta. Authorities closed much of downtown Calgary and declared a state of emergency in late June.

Enbridge said flooding in northwest Alberta may have led to an oil release from one its pipelines. Suncor in late June said it reduced production from the region in response to the Enbridge incident.

Suncor said it was now taking part in a flood-relief program in response to area-wide donations.

The company said Friday it was focusing on funneling aid to reconstruction projects in the province. Additional support would be extended to those affected by the derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, an incident that claimed dozens of lives in early July.

Alberta's provincial government in early July said eligible families affected by the flood can get access to as much as $1,000 in assistance.

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